Next week, on April 10 – 11, the milestone international two-day event of the Rail Baltica project will take place in Tallinn, Estonia. The Rail Baltica Global Forum 2018 is organized by “RB Rail AS”, a three Baltic State joint venture, with the support of the project’s national implementing bodies – Rail Baltic Estonia, Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas and Rail Baltica statyba. A live video stream will be accessible on www.railbaltica.org/forum.
The Rail Baltica Global Forum 2018 is the annual international Rail Baltica event of the year that will discuss the Rail Baltica role in the North Sea – Baltic TEN-T Core Network Corridor, the project’s financing, more than 70 planned procurements for this year, as well as will facilitate suppliers’ networking. It will address strategic and tactical issues regarding the implementation of the project from a national, regional and EU perspective and will bring together top executives and decision makers, rail, logistics and economics professionals, influential politicians and institutions as well as more than 300 companies – potential project suppliers representing 24 countries from across the globe.
The Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will open the first day of the Forum. This day will be devoted to discussing the progress and potential of the Rail Baltica project by focusing on perspective of Trans-European Transport Network Corridors, especially on the North Sea – Baltic TEN-T Core Network Corridor, post-2020 financing of the EU transport projects and its impact on Rail Baltica, lessons learned from cross-border project implementation and why Rail Baltica is important to Finland. The first day of the event will gather high level officials and opinion leaders, as well as industry representatives from whole Baltics, Poland, Finland, Sweden, the EU Commission and Parliament.
The second day of the Forum is planned as an Industry Suppliers’ Day with the aim to gather suppliers from the three Baltic States and beyond to present the Rail Baltica Design Guidelines, main design tenders in 2018 as well as to introduce the full Project’s procurement list of 2018. The event also will provide with an opportunity to network for companies to potentially forge alliances for the project. Similarly, to the experience in 2017, the suppliers had an opportunity to book their place at the Suppliers’ Meeting Point.
The working language of the event is English.